From: Richard Bear <RBEAR@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU> (14)
 From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (77)
Subject: this week Online
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 1997 16:18:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Richard Bear <RBEAR@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU>
I have placed a new html edition of Thomas More's _History of King
Richard the Third_ on the Web at the URL:
It can be accessed from the Stony Run home page but not from the Spenser page
(as it hasn't much to do with Spenser...).
Question: I have been working from facsimiles of Rastell, which are black
and white. Is anyone familiar with or does anyone have access to an
actual copy of this edition, that could tell me whether red ink was used,
for example in title lines and the dropped initial?
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 1997 09:22:52 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: this week Online
Various items from the Guardian Online, for Thursday 20 March. See
Feature articles and notes.
Charlotte Pham, "If looks could thrill", on "A French computer system is set
to revolutionise the lives of thousands of disabled people by allowing them,
at the flicker of an eye, to hold conversations, surf the Internet, and even
open the curtains in their living room."
Stuart Millar, "Trouble in Toytown", on the Toybot, "the first step towards
the creation of an artificial pet which children can build themselves, then
interact with in the way they would with the family spaniel."
Microfile. On the gloom at Apple Computer, at the slashing of 41,000 more
jobs (30% of the workforce), and halting of development on several formerly
core projects. At the same time, headhunting agencies were swooping in to
pick up the job-hunting Apple staff. One enterprising job agency hired
people to put business cards on the windshields of every car in the Apple
"Lost deposits in Cyberspace", on the use of the Internet by political
parties, especially those which cannot afford more expensive forms of
advertising. For the current election in the U.K. the pages are uncensored.
Some of what results is informative, some also amusing, some "more chilling
than chucklesome", such as that of the British Nationalist party.
Jack Schofield, "Darkroom to desktop", on the emergence of desktop, digital
Douglas Rushkoff, "Class war revisited", about the environmental and social
effects of manufacturing computers. "Apparently the production of a single
six-inch silicon wafer used for computer chips requires 3,200 cubit feet of
bulk gases, 22 cubic feet of hazardous gases, 2,275 gallons of de-ionized
water, 20 pounds of chemicals, and 285 killowat hours of electrical power.
The end result also yields 25 pounds of sodium hydroxide, 2,840 gallons of
waste water, and seven pounds of miscellaneous hazardous waste." So, the
next time someone refers to saving trees by use of electronic publishing,
you might raise an objection. The author briefly recounts the attack of
activists against the use of computers, e.g. saying that the promotion of
computing is "a ploy by chemical companies to maintain their stranglehold
over the world economy". "But slowing down or reversing our drive towards an
interactive future," Rushkoff concludes, "will only disable us from braking
the cycle of abuse that these well-meaning activists rightly fear. I insist
that these machines are, indeed, different from the ones that came before
them; but they'll only live up to their potential if we prove different from
those who came before us, too."
Edinburgh Science Festival, <http://www.web13.co.uk>, and in particular an
event in two parts: "Beyond the two cultures", April 4, 10.00am - 5.00pm,
Senate Room, Old College, South Bridge; and "Computing the Humane Sciences",
April 4, 10.00am - 5.00pm, in the Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street.
The subject of both is how science and technology now being exploited by
artists and scholars. Organised by the School of Humanities, King's College
Comprehensive collection of links to radio stations, currently numbering
284, now broadcasting (? narrowcasting) on the Internet,
An Atlas of Cyberspace, "an experimental atlas of maps and images created by
'cyber-explorers' from around the world to aid our visualisation and
understanding of the geographies of the Internet, WWW and an emerging
National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, U.K.: Evergon
1987-1997, the first exhibition from the NMPFT online,
Integrated Newswire, "links to articles from the best online sources for
news", including IT, updated hourly. <http://www.artigen.com/newswire/>.
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